MAKING HEADWAY

Yesterday I got the wires off – we had to check in at 5:30 AM at Albany Med, so we went over Sunday afternoon and stayed at the hotel across the street from the hospital.

Short procedure and we were out by 10:00.  Picture shows breakfast at MacDonald’s afterwards.  The next challenge is getting my jaws to open more and get my double vision reduced (eliminated?) so I can drive, but we are moving forward.

I appreciate  the many sympathetic comments – more than I am able to respond to.  Christmas is coming and I plan to eat turkey.  Wishing everyone a great holiday.

A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR

Also thankful that I am able to write this post.  Our usual post harvest trip to Maine was replaced with multiple trips to Albany Medical Center.

On Halloween afternoon I had an accident while cutting up one of the old Cortland trees that had been blown over onto the deer fence.  I did not see that a branch was under tension from the fence and it hit the right side of my face when I cut it loose.

Fortunately, I was wearing a hard hat, but the impact broke essentially all the bones on the right side of my face and my jaw. There were major cuts around my right eye, but the vision should be ok.

So now I am three weeks post surgery –  supposed to get the wires holding my jaw shut removed in a week.  It has been fine dining thru a straw – Sylvia is now expert with a blender.  Both our daughters from Massachusetts have been up lending support and friends have brought lots of great soup.

This has been quite a speed bump, but I expect to make a full recovery. I have been making good use of our woodstove in this cold weather and hope to be out in the orchard soon.

Next year we plan on celebrating Halloween differently and having a full Thanksgiving dinner.  Best wishes for a safe holiday season to all.

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Sunday October 14 was our last day for the 2018 apple harvest  – it was one of our best.  Thanks to everyone who came and picked.   Put us on your calendar for next Fall.

Fruit is more than 95% picked – some of the remaining apples  will go to the Manchester Food Cupboard – the others will add to the organic matter in the soil – the ultimate in recycling.

The photo show some of the work crew going home on the final day.

SUNDAY OCT 14 IS LAST DAY

Sunday Oct 14 will be the last day for our 2018 apple season.   There are still good MacIntosh, Gala, Empire and Cortland.  Drops are 1/2 price.

There will be cider and donuts on Saturday and Sunday – until they run out.

Get some more apples and help us wind up a good season.

 

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WINDUP WEEK FOR APPLE HARVEST

Lots of happy customers this past weekend – Honeycrisps and Macouns  are now picked out.

Empires (reasonably close to the barn) , MacIntosh (in the old orchard), Cortlands (down the hill) and Galas (close to the barn) are still available.  Drops at half price are also available.

Burr and Burton students will be here Wednesday on their service day to pick for the Manchester Food Cupboard.

There will be cider and donuts on both Saturday and Sunday (until they runout ).  Sunday October 14 will be the last day for the season.  Your last chance to stock up on apples.

SIX VARIETIES STILL IN GOOD SUPPLY

Still good picking for MacIntosh, Honeycrisp, Cortland, Empire, Gala and Macoun, but farther from the barn.

Empires are especially good this year and closer to the barn than the Honeycrisp.

Very few Crimson Crisp still available – they will get picked out tomorrow morning.  Golden Delicious and Northern Spys are picked out.

I will bring up 34 dozen more donuts from Mrs. Murphy’s tomorrow – today they ran out by 1:00 PM, so come early. Cider may run out before the end of the day.

As I said in yesterday’s post,  after Columbus Day weekend we will be closed on Monday, then back open Tuesday for the rest of the week.  Our last day will probably be Sunday Oct 14.

Now is the time to get those extra apples!!

LOTS OF APPLES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND

There is  a plentiful supply of MacIntosh, Honeycrisp, Cortland, Empire, Gala and Macoun.  The best Honeycrisp picking is well down the hill above and below the three Cortland rows – the best Gala and MacIntosh picking is uphill along the fence.

Crimson  Crisp (the bright red apples that have been behind the red tape) will start tomorrow  Friday Oct 5 – this is one of our favorite apples – very crisp sweet tart flavor – improves over a few weeks after picking – our longest keeping apple – lasts until March in our refrigerator.

We will also start our small crop of Golden Delicious on Friday and a very few Northern Spys .

After Columbus Day weekend we will be closed on Monday, then back open Tuesday for the rest of the week.  Our last day will probably be Sunday Oct 14.  You can pick drops for apple sauce,  cider etc.  for $9.00 per 1/2 bushel.  Bring your own reusable bags if you want.

 Come get your last apples for winter!!

Crimson Crisp

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IPAD MINI 4 WINNER

The Fletcher family from Tinmouth found  the wooden apple (in a Honeycrisp tree) and are now the happy owners of an iPad Mini 4.  Courtesy of the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association, its member orchards and Small Dog Electronics.

Congratulations !!

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GOOD APPLE PICKING WEEKEND COMING UP

Empires are now ready as well as Honeycrisp,, MacIntosh, Cortland, Gala, Macoun and Fuji.

First picture shows the Empires which are especially good this year.  The second picture shows that picking is still excellent for Honeycrisp, if you go well down the hill, where there are also good Cortlands and Macouns.  MacIntosh continue to be strong on the 78 year old trees.

Cider is available all week – Mrs. Murphy’s Donuts on Saturday and Sunday (until they run out).

The season will last thru Columbus Day weekend Oct 6&7 –  the following weekend Oct 13 & 14 will probably be our last days open.  Come get some good apples now!!

Empire

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PEAK PICKING FOR HONEYCRISP AND MORE

This weekend (Sept 22 & 23) will be really good picking for Honeycrisp as well as McIntosh, Cortland, Gala, Macoun and Fuji.

On both Saturday and Sunday there will be cider and donuts (until they run out).

Empires are getting riper – picking will start on Thursday September 27’th.

Forecast is for nice cool apple picking weather!!

 

Trees loaded with Honeycrisp

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APPLES TO IPADS

The  program this year has been upgraded – the prize is now an iPad Mini 4

The wooden apple is out in the orchard.  Find it and you win a 128 gb iPad Mini 4.

Come join the fun !!!

This what it looks like

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HONEYCRISP AND FIVE MORE VARIETIES

We will have Honeycrisp, Cortland, Macoun, Macintosh, Gala & Ginger Gold this weekend Sept 15 & 16.

Also cider and donuts – come early when it is cooler and before the donuts run out!!

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HONEYCRISP, CORTLAND & MACOUN NOW READY

Apples are ripening sooner than we expected – so we now have Honeycrisp, Cortland and Macoun ready to pick as well as Macintosh, Gala and some remaining Ginger Gold.

The newly ripe varieties are down the hill – look at the orchard map – follow the blue tape.  Lots of good fruit – pick the red ones – leave the others to ripen next week.

Cider is available now – donuts will be here Saturday and Sunday.

Look forward to seeing you!!

 

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OPEN TOMORROW, SATURDAY & SUNDAY

We start our regular season tomorrow Friday September 7.   Open days will be Tuesday thru Sunday 9:00 to 5:30 – closed Mondays.

Ginger Gold, Gala and Macintosh will be available for picking.   Ginger Golds are the ripest apples, followed by the Galas (pick the reddest ones).    There are plenty of Macintosh – they will be on the tart side – our northern apples don’t ripen well in the hot weather.  Fruit will be riper next weekend.

Early apple weekend customers picked almost all of the Zestars and Sansas.  Honeycrisp are ripening slowly – they will likely start after Sept 16 – I will keep you posted.

If the weather forecast is correct, it will be cooler this weekend.  There will be cider AND donuts on Saturday and Sunday.  New scales are working well for folks bringing their own bags.

Come see us !!

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MAKING IT EASIER TO BRING YOUR OWN BAGS

We have purchased two good platform scales (see picture) to make it easier for customers who want to reduce the use of plastic bags by bringing their own reusable bags.  There will be a $.25 discount for each customer supplied bag – way better than $.05 at the grocery store!

We will weigh fruit in customer supplied bags (and our bags when part full) – $1.10 per pound 1 to 20 pounds, $.90 per pound over 20 pounds –  equivalent to our by the bag prices.

We will continue to sell fruit in our bags at the per bag prices to minimize check out time – especially for customers with lots of bags.

If you have lots of reusable grocery bags, please feel free to bring them.

 Most grocery bags are larger than our 1/2 bushel bags – this one weighs 27 pounds when full.

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LOOKING GOOD FOR EARLY APPLE WEEKEND SEPT 1 & 2

Looks like the heat wave is breaking – forecast Saturday Sept 1 is sunny with high of 73 – Sunday will be warmer with possible showers.

So come this weekend to get some Zestars and Ginger Golds at their prime.  You can see in the pictures that they are ripening well and the rain has helped them grow.

We will have cider and Mrs. Murphy’s donuts on both Saturday and Sunday – sometimes they run out, sometime not.

Help us start another harvest!!

 

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EARLY APPLE WEEKEND SAT SEPT 1 & SUN SEPT 2

As you can see in the photo, the Zestars are beginning to color up.  They will be ready  to pick on early apple weekend  Saturday September 1 and Sunday September 2.  We expect the yellow Ginger Golds to be ready as well.  The crop over all looks very good for most varieties with good size due to all the rain.

Zestars usually sell out on this first weekend.  They are a great eating and pie apple – the spicy taste comes thru and they stay firm.  We make our pies with them.

Not sure yet whether  we will have cider and donuts on the first weekend, but I will post early next week when I can confirm.

We will be closed Monday Sept 3 thru Thursday Sept 6 and then reopen for our regular Tuesday thru Sunday – closed Monday’s schedule.

Come help us kick off another harvest!!

 

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RASPBERRY PICKING IS DONE – APPLES ARE GROWING WELL

Our raspberry picking season is over.  A lot of good folks picked most of the berries – the turkeys and the chipmunks will enjoy the rest.

The four inches of rain this week battered some of the berries, but will help get much better size on the apples.  The pictures show Zestars which will start on early apple weekend   – probably Sept 1 & 2  and Honeycrisp which will start later in September.

Thanks for making the berry harvest a good one and put us on your calendar for the fall.

 

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LAST TWO DAYS FOR RASPBERRY PICKING

Saturday July 28 and Sunday July 29 will be the last two days for raspberry picking.

You will find good berries as well as some that show the effects of all  the (much needed) rain.  I think the Nova’s are best, but you can find good fruit in the Boyne’s as well.  Royalty (purple) are also ripe.

The apple crop is growing well and the rain will help get better sized fruit after the very dry summer so far.

Last chance to stock the freezer.

 

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FINAL WEEKEND FOR RASPBERRY PICKING

We will be open tomorrow Thursday July 26, closed Friday and back open on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be good berries upper and lower fields – some wear and tear from the rain, but we needed the rain.

Sunday will be our last day for raspberry picking.  Get those you need for your freezer.

 

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RASPBERRY PICKING SCHEDULE FOR JULY 23 WEEK

We will be open tomorrow Tuesday July 24, closed Wednesday the 25’th and back open Thursday the 26’th.

There will be good picking especially on the Nova’s in the lower field.  The late ripening Royalty (purple) is ripening as well.

It looks like it will be a damp week, but we do need the rain – 2.1 inches today already.  This schedule will give time for more berries to ripen.

Time to stock the freezer to enjoy the berries in the winter!!

 

PEAK PICKING WEEKEND

Closed tomorrow Friday July 20 for more berries to ripen.  Then open Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22.

There will be good berry picking in the three rows of Boyne berries in upper field.  Best picking (largest berries) will be in the lower field with seven rows of Nova berries.  You have to bend to reach berries in the four new rows, but they are the largest.

We will be closed Monday July 23.  Rain forecast for several days next week, so schedule  is not yet set.  This will probably be our last week.

Berries and the view will both be good.

 

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UPDATED PICKING SCHEDULE

We were glad to get over 1/2 inch of rain today, but our customer (singular) today did not pick all the berries, so new plan is to be open tomorrow  Wednesday July 18 AND Thursday July 19.

We will close Friday July 20 and be back open Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22.

Come liberate some berries!!

COME EARLY TOMORROW

Picking will be good tomorrow (Tuesday July 17) – weather forecast is for rain later in the day, so come early.

Unless we get washed out completely, we will then be closed Wednesday and back open Thursday.

Come see us – season will wind up by (or before) the end of July.

LOTS OF GOOD RASPBERRIES

There are plenty of good raspberries.  Come get them today – Tuesday looks like rain.

Cherries are picked out.

VERY GOOD PICKING SATURDAY JULY 14

Following our new schedule we will be open at 9:00  tomorrow Saturday July 14 and Sunday July 15.   Picking  will be very good at the start of the weekend as more berries have ripened.

Picking will start tomorrow also for tart cherries – between the birds and the dry weather, the crop is small, so best to come this weekend if you can.

Berry season always winds up in late July, so don’t wait too long.

 

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UPDATE FOR THURSDAY JULY 12

Picking will be good tomorrow morning (July 12) and will probably be moderate later in the day as more people pick.  Following our new schedule, we will be closed Friday and back open Saturday.

Cherries will start Saturday – relatively small crop, so between the Cedar Waxwings and the customers, they will not be available too long.

Help us get the crop picked.

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FUTURE PICKING SCHEDULE

We will be open as planned tomorrow Tuesday July 10.  We saw a lot of good folks on Sunday.  Still early in the season so picking conditions are moderate.

To help customers plan (and ourselves as well), we are going to a standard weekly picking schedule to be open 9:00 to 5:30 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday if berry supply permits.  This will be our default schedule – if weather or berry supply requires a change, we will do so.

I will continue to post frequently with picking conditions – as always best picking is early in the day.

Look forward to seeing you

 

 

RASPBERRY PICKING WILL START SUNDAY JULY 8

The hot weather has helped ripen  the raspberries, so we will open Sunday July 8 – at 9:00 AM.  As always, picking will be best early in the day.

More ripe berries in the lower field than in the upper field.  Plan is to be open Sunday, closed Monday and back open Tuesday July 10.  Open days for the rest of the week will depend on how many customers come and how fast more berries ripen.

Come help us start the season.

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RASPBERRIES RIPENING SLOWLY – APPLES CONTINUING TO GROW WELL

Lots of raspberries – but they are still green.  Not clear how fast they will ripen with the hot weather – we are running our irrigation system day and night.   Best guess is that berries will not be ripe before Tuesday July 10 .

Apples in the photo are Honeycrisp – now over 1 inch in diameter.

Very light cherry crop – will ripen a few days after the first raspberries.

I will post update in a few days.

 

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RASPBERRIES AND APPLES ARE GROWING WELL

We had very good pollination for both the apples and the raspberries – cherry crop is very light.

Many of the apples are now 3/4 of an inch in diameter or more – the smaller ones will drop off in the June drop.

Raspberries will be ripe in July 7 to 11’th range – we will know more first week in July.

Put us on your July schedule – raspberry season only lasts three weeks.

 

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FULL BLOOM

Big changes over the last two  weeks – we are now at full bloom.  Yesterday and the day before were warm and sunny and the bees were out in force – a large number of small native pollinators and lots of  bumble bees.  Lots of fruit buds this year and no frost in the forecast.

Looks like more good weather next week – the rain this weekend is actually needed.  Raspberries are growing well but not yet in bloom.

Look for the bumble bee.

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1/2 INCH GREEN

Spring has finally put in an appearance.  Last week the first fruit buds began to open and show  little green tips.  The warm weather has accelerated the growth and the fruit buds are now open with 1/2 inch green leaves.

There are plenty of fruit buds – no frost is predicted – bloom will probably come week after next.  The pruning finally was completed and all the brush picked up and fed thru the chipper.

So we are started growing our 17’th crop – stay tuned for more developments.  Picture shows fruit buds opening on one of the old McIntosh trees.

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ONLY ONE MORE WEEK UNTIL SPRING

Winter is not giving up without a fight – we got about 20 inches of snow in the last storm – more coming down today.

We will get back to pruning when we can dig the snow away from the gate to get back inside the orchard.

Hope everyone is having a good winter – raspberries will start in early July.

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